Came broke and not eligible for returnsPencil came with a bent broken clip, making it impossible to hold. Tried to return unopened, but is not eligible. So far, I'd call it a scam pencil
1Slick pencil!I was debating whether I should get this or GraphGear1000 and I am glad I got this one instead.I read reviews that the GraphGear1000 is heavier than GraphGear500, and I'm sure my hand will be tired using GG1000 since GG1000 is supposed to be noticeably heavier than GG500. GG500 has perfect weight for me to use it for sketching and doodling. Not too light, not too heavy, just perfect.The barrel grip part is metal and the pencil has its center of gravity towards the lower end, which makes it easier for me to draw steady lines.I've been drawing for hours since I received it, but the metal grip has not hurt my fingers yet.Definitely worth the price. I wish it came with variety of colors, but I like the color of 0.9mm so it's fine.
5Good for those who like a heavy pencil with a medium metal gripLike most people who have used mechanical pencils for a long time, I settled into my favorite couple pencils, bought a number of them and used them for years. For me it was the Y&C Double Knock and the Alvin Draftmatic dating back to the mid-90's. But then I started using "luxury" pen and pencil sets from Cross, Parker, Pelican and Waterman and lost touch with the "functional" mechanical pencil market. But both between a realization that these "luxury" brands aren't actually interested in making a good pencil as much as something good looking (don't get me wrong, they're good, but writing quality of their pencils is not what drives them) and my kids getting to the age where they could use a good mechanical pencil, I decided to dig back in and re-learn the current offerings. I decided to give my older kids (as stocking stuffers for Christmas) one of each of the viable contenders and then borrow them on occasion to see what I thought. It's now been a couple months and I'm reviewing them all:Best overall: Pentel GraphGear 500 (this review)Best value: Zebra M301 (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1U5S4D5OEPY3F)Best retractable tip: Pentel GraphGear 1000 (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1WGL8ZCB03SQK)Best rubber grip: Staedtler 925-05 (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1ZX77U5OV8OS6)Also rans (in order of preference):Alvin Draftmatic (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1VQY95VWPF0YI)Uni Kuru Tora (http://www.amazon.com/review/R2JV48N3D6KXH3)Pentel P205 (http://www.amazon.com/review/R3C11TD28G7BUT)Click on the links above for my detailed review of each. And now for the actual review for THIS pencil, the Pentel GraphGear 500:This is a medium priced ($5-$10) pencil but minus the clip has the feel of a higher end pencil. It has what the manufacturer calls a "metallic mesh grip" which is one of the three common types (along with ribbed plastic and the rubber grip). I generally like the metal grips because they are very consistent even if your fingers are slick or greasy. They are also very easy to clean and last FOREVER. The downside is that generally it is your fingers that take the beating, not the pencil. The Alvin Draftmatic is the most classic example of that. Many complain about it and one definitely builds up callouses if they use them regularly. However, this pencil's grip has a VERY nice feel to it. Not too aggressive on the mesh, far less so than the Draftmatic, but still nowhere close to slippery.This it what makes it my winning pencil for at home or in the office. Add to that a VERY sturdy/stiff tip, it has the least give in the medium price range by far, and a consistent clicking mechanism and you've got a winner of a pencil.If one is looking for downsides, the size and quality of the barrel leaves a bit to be desired. It's not horrible, appropriate for the price range, but it's a bit on the small side (one of the only ones where the barrel is smaller than the grip) and overall the pencil feels like a higher end tip on a medium grade barrel. But I ask you, if you had to pick, which would you rather have be on the high side?As stated up front, also in the downside category is the clip. In fact, it's the most glaring weakness. It's pretty wimpy, so wimpy I'll end up taking it off. Combine that with the lack of a retractable tip and the very small eraser on the top (frankly, they all do) and it's not your best pocket pencil for carrying around.Nevertheless, if you're looking for a pencil that you leave at your desk where you should have a big polymer eraser at your disposal at all times (and you should) and don't care about the lack of a retractable tip, this is a winner. Thus, this is my favorite (one of only two I gave a 5-star review) and will likely be yours too if you like a metal grip. That you don't have to pay a bunch for it makes it all the sweeter.
5Great Pencil, Sturdy BuildThis pencil is great. I got the 0.7mm model and It is made of metal and plastic. The grip is metal and not too rough or smooth. The plastic seems high grade (I think every plastic product should use this quality of plastic).The tip of the pencil is not retractable (I didn't want it to be anyway) though it is very solid and lead will not tend to break while it's in the pencil (if you use the BIC 'standard' lead pencils then you know what I mean).The pencil doesn't come with a separate lead container but it contains some inside the pencil itself. I also ordered the Pilot Colored Lead and they work perfectly on this pencil without breaking (unlike in the BIC pencils I mentioned)Some people say that the shirt clip is the weak part of the pencil, but considering that it's not screwed on, it's pretty secure.The only Con I can think of is that the eraser is a bit small and you might find yourself pulling it up more often than not. The cap stays on well but could potentially be lost if you remove it and lose it.Overall, I really liked this pencil, enough that I ordered a 0.3mm variant to see what it's like since I've never used 0.3mm lead before.
5I don't know why Amazon refuses to use more appropriately ...I don't know why Amazon refuses to use more appropriately sized shipping containers. Pencil works perfectly though.Literally the only product that came in the box.
5Great Pencil! Nicely weighted.I just adore this pencil at this moment. It has a nice weight to it and I really appreciate the metal grip at the bottom. It could be uncomfortable for some people, though. It's pretty rough, almost like a metal file. I don't mind, personally. The mechanism seems really durable and long lasting, and the click of the pencil is almost like that of a really nice pen. Definitely worth the price. I'm looking forward to using this in my architecture classes this year. I'll list a few personal pros and cons below:Pros:+Weighted+Long eraser+Premium feel+Solid build (only comes apart into 3 pieces)+Comes with 3 pieces of pentel lead (Fairly soft lead)Cons:-Knurled, Metal grip can be uncomfortable-Main body is plastic-No packaging if just getting the pen aloneOverall I'd say this is a great choice.
5Stick with the cheaper modelThis pencil is generally okay, but there's a tiny amount of give where the plastic body meets the metal barrel. This joint rests against my hand and I can feel that little bit of movement. It's being very picky, but it bugs me. The weight of the metal near the tip also throws off the balance, with the tip being much heavier than the upper portion of the pencil.The balance doesn't seem to be an issue for me when writing with this pencil. Unfortunately, that lack of solid joining of body to metal barrel bothers me just enough that this pencil has been relegated to use for the lead hardness I use the least. If you don't feel a strong need for the knurled metal grip on this pencil, save your money and go for one of the Pentel P205 models. To me they're just as functional and the single piece plastic body doesn't have any movement to it when writing. They aren't quite as "grippy" but I don't use so much pressure on my pencils that I need a special grip.
3THE Perfect Mechanical PencilSince my now discontinued Pentel Accugraph PG1205 got stolen along with my laptop etc. I've been using Pentel "Sharp" pencils. An NOS Accugraph costs a ridiculous $180... so I've just sadly accepted the sub par performance of the Sharps until now. I was well aware of these Graph Gear pencils from days gone by but always remember disliking them over the Accugraph for some reason. Recently, I thought I would give them a shot and I'm glad I did! Wow, the PG527 (.7mm) Is just the perfect everyday mechanical pencil for me. I'm trying to find a fault but its literally perfect. Not too heavy, not too light, the knurl on the grip is just perfect... not to coarse = non fatiguing. Also, the grip is a tad bigger than I'm used to but I'm really liking it. The pocket clip is shorter than the on the sharp which is great because it stays out of the way when rotating the pencil in use. I found the clip on the sharp pencils always hitting the upper part of my hand which got annoying. The eraser cover has I nice little flare at the top which not only looks slick but makes it easier to handle... clever. Best of all the price is A-OK. In-fact... I just ordered a 6 pack bringing the price down to $5 per pencil. Thx Amazon.
5Fantastic pencilThe only pencil you will ever need. Super fine point for extreme control. Light weight, but functional. This is the daily driver of mechanical pencils. Every time you need it, its there with no fuss; silently doing its job. Just feed it every once in a while and it will be your trusty companion until the end of time.One point of concern is that 0.3 lead is terribly hard to get a hold of. I have to go to the local art school to get mine as no office stores carry it. Other than that however, its wonderful in every way you would want a pencil to be.With that in mind, however, when you can find lead you have the ability to have an entire assortment of colors and hardness available to you in a single device. I was told at one point that you could even switch out the front metal feeding device to accommodate different thicknesses. I haven t tried it, but if true it would mean that you truly have an all in one pencil device capable of handling virtually any color, and size, combination possible. Add in the cross-hatched front grip, which is very secure even under the most sweat inducing exams.I have found that I can generally load about half a container of lead into mine at a time, so the capacity is fairly impressive. The eraser that comes with it is garbage, but that s normal for a mechanical pencil and not much can really be done about it. I use a separate eraser anyway to compensate.Great pencil, cant recommend enough.
5Very Simple, Effective, and InexpensiveI bought this pencil because I wanted to try out an even thinner lead diameter than .5 and this seemed to be a good quality and fairly inexpensive option at only 6 dollars or so.The pencil arrived by itself in a box with a bar code sticker on it, no packaging or anything, so that is somewhat odd. At least it does include lead already inside the pencil but not much, only 2 strips.First impressions are that it is smaller, thinner, and lighter than I expected. The picture made it look like it would be thicker and I assumed the metal parts would make the pencil pretty heavy.It is comfortable to hold and it s a great weight, light but not cheap or hollow feeling. The texture on the metal grip feels nice. Not too rough which I was worried about. The mechanical action feels solid but precise and delicate. There does not seem to be any looseness in the pencil while writing. I really like how the eraser is very easily removable and extendable; it is also nice and small for detailed erasing.This is the first time I have ever used .3 size lead. The thickness is visually significantly thinner, but when I put it to paper the difference from .5 lead is actually not that apparent. The lines I am getting are not much thinner but they are lighter, and the lead digs into the paper more easily leading to a scratchier feel. I will need to use this pencil for a while and see how I get used to it. The lead breaks more easily but with normal writing pressure I don t think this is a problem. You will probably tear through the paper with the sharp thin lead if you use it with enough force to come close to breaking it. I keep the lead about 3 clicks in length.The reason why I went for .3 to begin with is because even .5 was just a tiny bit too thick for me at times, so I think I will come to value the .3 s edge over .5 for this.Edit: Now that I have been using it awhile, the .3 is quite nice. I bought some uni dia lead for it and it is much smoother than the stock lead. I find it much easier to cram in tiny words when I start running out of space.Edit: I am still using this as my favorite pencil 5 months later and it still works perfectly. Hope this gives confidence in this product for anyone who wants to try it. I'm surprised I have not lost it yet actually, best $6 I ever spent.BONUS INFO: When peeling off the bar-code there was some residue left over so I immediately took some goo-gone solvent to it to take it off. The plastic is not chemically resistant at all, and immediately smudged and weakened where I applied the solvent. Thankfully I didn't use more than I did. I suggest just using water for the residue and gently scratching it off.
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